Georges River Council recognises that creative and imaginative art has the ability to inspire and stimulate people while also offering a human element to our urban environments. Art plays a central role in establishing a community’s culture and public art is a highly visible and accessible art form. It has the ability to be inspirational and positive, fostering community pride and contributing to local identity and enriching public domain.
Arts and cultural programs are valued by Georges River Council as they strengthen our community’s distinctiveness, diversity, creativity and sense of identity.
Council has taken the initiative to integrate art into recreational infrastructure works and this is best demonstrated by the development of the Carss Bush Park Playground.
Carss Bush Park’s Children’s Playground
Carss Bush Park Playground is currently undergoing a comprehensive and exciting refurbishment. As part of the process, three pieces of public art reflecting the local flora and fauna will be incorporated into the new design:
- A sculptural wall designed by Leanne Tobin in collaboration with Architectural Graphics Pty Ltd. The design incorporates the ancestral tracks linked across the landscape between the indigenous Darug-speaking Kameygal clans, the estuarine environment of the mangrove and the freshwater reeds, and the black cormorant which is indicative of a healthy sustainable environment.
- The Powerful Owl sculpture by former artist in residence Takis Kozokos.
- Stencil artworks created in collaboration between local Out Of School Hours Care children from Kogarah Community Services and artist Peter Strong decorating the shade cloth poles.
This project is scheduled for completion later in 2016.